Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Trio 'to face Harte murder charges'

Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte graduates at Queens University pictured with his daughter Machela who also graduatedand became a Bachelor in Education
Michaela Harte was murdered in her hotel room, police in Mauritius have confirmed
Mickey Harte, pictured in 2006 with his daughter Michaela

Police in Mauritius are poised to charge three men in connection with the murder of Michaela McAreavey, daughter of Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte.

It is understood officers have completed preliminary inquiries and are satisfied they have enough evidence to bring the three before the courts.

Mrs McAreavey, 27, was on honeymoon in the island paradise when she was found strangled in her room in the luxury Legends Hotel complex.

Authoritative sources close to the murder investigation told the Press Association that charges were imminent.

The development came as the teacher's heartbroken father Mickey spoke of his devastation over the death of his "beautiful" daughter.

"This is the worst nightmare that anyone can imagine. If you think things can be bad, then you go beyond that because that is where we are," he said.

The newlyweds were married less than two weeks ago near to the Harte family home on the outskirts of Ballygawley, Co Tyrone.

Earlier a police officer in Mauritius said the young Irish language teacher had tried to save herself after it appears she found intruders in her room. "The victim fought for her life. There was a struggle in the room," he said.

A post-mortem examination revealed that she had been strangled. She was found dead in the hotel room by her husband, who is not being treated as a suspect, after she had left him in the restaurant of their four-star hotel 45 minutes earlier to fetch biscuits for her tea.

Police, who questioned six suspects, believe whoever killed the teacher had an electronic key card to gain access to the room.

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